Static Analysis for Event-Based XML Processing

Anders Møller


Event-based processing of XML data - as exemplified by the popular SAX framework - is a powerful alternative to using W3C's DOM or similar tree-based APIs. The event-based approach is particularly superior when processing large XML documents in a streaming fashion with minimal memory consumption.

This paper discusses challenges for creating program analyses for SAX applications. In particular, we consider the problem of statically guaranteeing that a given SAX application always produces only well-formed and valid XML output. We propose an analysis technique based on existing analyses of Servlets, string operations, and XML graphs.

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